School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Study Options

The following postgraduate qualifications are offered:

Graduate Diploma in Science (GDipSc ) in Physical Geography

Prerequisites

Graduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. 

Course Requirements

  • 120 points from 200- and 300-level
  • at least 75 points must be at 300-level or above
  • up to 30 points may be from courses outside science
  • a project worth 30 points may be included, with approval

The diploma is effectively a BSc major in Physical Geography and the programme of study should meet the requirements of that major.

More information about the Graduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Science (PGCertSc) in Physical Geography

The PG Certificate in Science can be completed in one trimester or part time over up to two years.

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Certificate students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree or equivalent degree or work experience with an average grade of B or higher in appropriate 300-level papers.

Course Requirements

60 points from:

Note: the combination of courses must be approved by the School.

More information about the Postgraduate Certificate in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) in Physical Geography

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with an average grade of B or higher in relevant 300 level courses.

Course Requirements

120 points with at least 60 points from:

  • PHYG 404 - 489
  • PHYG 580

Note: the programme does not include a research project and must be approved by the School.

More information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc Hons) in Physical Geography

Prerequisites

Honours candidates must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a B+ grade average and 60 pts in 300 level courses. The following courses are required:

  • GEOG 324
  • GEOG 325
  • GEOG 318 or GEOG 319 and 20 further approved 300-level BSc points.

Course Requirements

  • PHYG 489
  • 30 points from PHYG 404 - 488
  • A further 60 points from PHYG 404 - 488, or other approved courses

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Master of Science (MSc) in Physical Geography

The Masters programme comprises two parts and is normally completed in two calendar years. Part 1 (the first year) involves course work and a research preparation course. Part 2 (the second year) is a full-time research project, leading to a thesis.

Prerequisites Part 1

Masters candidates must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a B+ grade average in 300 level PHYG-courses and selected 300-level ESCI-courses. Prospective students must also obtain a recommendation by a potential project supervisor before enrolment. All entries are subject to approval by the Geography Board of Studies.

Course Requirements

  • PHYG 580
  • 105 points from PHYG 404 – 488 of which up to 30 points may be replaced by other approved courses

Prerequisites Part 2

Students require an average B+ grade in their Masters Part 1 courses. Students with a lower grade must discuss options with the programme director, which include redirection into a suitable postgraduate diploma.

Course Requirements

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PhD in Physical Geography

The PhD is the highest degree offered by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and usually takes three to four years to complete. It is an internationally recognised research degree culminating in a thesis and opens up rich and varied career opportunities.

A PhD thesis will normally be from 60,000 to 100,000 words depending on the nature of the topic.  On completion, the thesis is assessed by three examiners, usually one from Victoria, one from another New Zealand University and one from an overseas university. 

PhD students are encouraged to apply for a range of scholarships offered by the School, the University and others. Details can be found on the scholarships webpage.

The Faculty of Graduate Research is the initial contact point for all PhD students. Please visit their website for all queries, including available funding, the role of a supervisor and the application process. The Faculty continues to provide support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria.